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DLC Distributed Loudspeaker Controllers Highlight Company’s Infocomm 2024 Booth

The commercial audio brand, Theory Audio Design, has announced all new DLC distributed loudspeaker controllers including three models: DLC-250.4d, DLC-1500.4d, and DLC-250.8.

According to the Calif.-based company, the new loudspeaker controllers can be used to address residential or commercial installations, and the new models offer between four and eight channels of intelligent power, as well as full DSP matrix capabilities, and TCP/IP control options through a wired connection, or directly via its on-board Wi-Fi access point. Theory Audio Design notes the DLC-250.4d and DLC-1500.4d models also offer Dante and AES67 audio-over-IP digital I/O compatibility.

“The new generation of Theory DLC loudspeaker controllers offer all the advantages of their predecessors with the addition of audio over IP, an entirely new 8-channel model, and a cohesive new industrial design across the line,” comments Paul Hales, CEO and product designer for Theory Audio Design.

“Now with Dante and AES67 compatibility, even the most complex Theory distributed audio systems can be setup and deployed quickly and painlessly with no bulky analog audio cables required. And the system is bulletproof so when the job is complete the installer can move on without concerns about support calls or truck rolls.”

DLC Distributed Loudspeaker Controllers Provide System Flexibility, Inventory Efficiency

Taking a look at the new DLC Distributed Loudspeaker Controllers, the small DLC-250.4d 4-channel Loudspeaker Controller is designed to be at the core of every Theory distributed audio system. With channel-pair power sharing of up to 250 watts, each DLC-250.4d offers the flexibility to power any system size. The ½ RU DLC-250.4d ships with a rack kit to allow mounting of one or two units in a single rack space. An optional surface mount kit is also available if hiding the DLC-250.4d under a table or behind a TV is desired.

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The DLC-250.8 can be used for surround and distributed audio systems where Dante and AES67 are not required but when more channels per chassis is desired. DLC-250.8 offers the same power per channel and power sharing capabilities as the DLC-250.4d with four additional channels (for a total of eight channels) in a 1U chassis.

Examining the other models within the line of DLC Distributed Loudspeaker controllers, the DLC-1500.4d 4-channel Distributed Loudspeaker Controller boasts provides high levels of power within a chassis that takes up minimal rack space, offering 3,000 watts from a 16-pound, 2U chassis. Designed for high-output Theory Audio Design distributed or surround audio systems, the DLC-1500.4d can deliver 1,500 watts into 4 or 8-ohms from any channel pair, or 800 watts into 2 or 4-ohms all channels driven.

Additionally, the company points out that each loudspeaker controller only takes up two rack spaces maximum to help integrators maximize rack space, and the products are safety and EMC certified—and compliant to ErP and EnergySTAR specifications.

Some of the commercial applications in which the DLC Distributed Loudspeaker Controllers can be used include hotels, education facilities, and corporate environments where there are multiple rooms of varying sizes. Some of the other functions the new loudspeaker controllers provide are S/PDIF master/slave options that allow multiple DLCs to be used to cover all of a system’s needs.

The commercial and residential audio manufacturer says that house of worship applications require reliable, high-quality amplification of voice, while also covering a large distribution area with many specialized speakers. The DLC loudspeaker controllers Theory Audio Design asserts are up for the challenge by providing high-quality amplification and high levels of speech intelligibility throughout large spaces.

Moving into some residential applications, the DLC Distributed Loudspeaker Controllers can be used for home cinema and surround sound systems. A single DLC-250.4d can control and power 3.1 systems (or more when multiple amplifiers are used), while a single DLC-250.8 can handle 7.1 systems, and the larger more powerful DLC-1500.4d can handle large screen and professional loudspeakers and subwoofers without strain.

To see and hear the new generation of DLC distributed loudspeaker controllers, InfoComm 2024 attendees can visit Theory Audio Design in booth #C-9901 and Audio Demo Room #N118.

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